TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 30, 2014

U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan appears ready to stop developers in the newly minted town of Rocky Top from using the name on merchandise, saying that would likely infringe on the rights of House of Bryant Publications, which owns the bluegrass song “Rocky Top.” Varlan allowed Lake City to change its name to Rocky Top earlier this year, but now says he will reconsider if the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has the case, finds an injunction is appropriate. The former coal-mining town changed its name on a promise that developers would build a tourist complex there. House of Bryant tried, but failed, to stop the name change. It appealed Varlan’s May ruling to the appeals court. WATE.com has the story.